Granted, not quite with the frequency I'd imagined, but we're trying.
Originally, I had envisioned that moving Stan to Canaan would afford me with the opportunity to ride him 3x a week at a minimum. Hahahaha. While the idea wasn't totally ludicrous, the reality was strikingly different.
Life [due to work] has been so exceptionally insane lately. It's my new norm, I fear, and while I am and will continue to adjust, it just takes time. Unfortunately, the adjustment period has come at an unfortunate time for prepping a non-Arab for a small endurance feat.
I know I haven't put nearly the time into him that I should have, but I know I have done all that I could have considering my current amalgamation of chaos.
From July 4 through July 21, Stan was only ridden 5 times. (Oh god, seeing that in writing seems woefully inadequate. Erm, quality over quantity?) On each of those rides, he climbed a minimum of 1,000 feet. The shortest ride was 2½ miles and the longest ride was 23 miles.
We're 12 days from race day today. I know Stan is in better shape than many horses and have no doubt he can complete the 30 miles required of us. I also know that the terrain won't bother him considering we have been climbing much more than we will have to do at RBTR.
I have a good conditioning schedule lined up in these last few days before the race. And I also have a solid electrolyting plan in place to help guarantee further success.
But if I'm being completely honest, I'm still worried about pulsing to criteria within the time limit. The joys of a non-Arab in this sport!
I know how to come into a hold slow and easy and plan to have a solid crew to sling and scrape ice water, but still, we won't know if it's enough til we're in the moment! I can only pray for a lovely breeze to help us out...
With careful planning and a bit of luck, we should be just fine. Logical Brain knows this, but Irrational Brain still tickles at the back of my mind making me fear failure more than I should.
I only want to succeed so badly so that I can sponsor Lauren through her first LD on her own horse. You see, she's done an exceptional job stepping up to the plate and conditioning MJ this summer. He's more than LD-ready and should have no problems at RBTR, I just hope my old man and I can show up to help her through it!
|I'm so proud of Lauren for getting out there and doing what many 13 year
don't have the initiative to do. She's been working with her horse 6 days a week
in some fashion all summer to make sure he can be the best he can be.
Stay tuned for how this may go... It's going to be exciting right down to the end!
Tell me about a time you were down to the wire and were uncertain about how a competition / lesson / clinic would go. What was the outcome? Or perhaps you've had someone else relying on you to help through something, do you feel more pressure as a result? Or maybe you're a steady-eddy no matter what the situation?